The Cameo Cinema will take part in the fifth annual National Evening of Science on Screen on Tuesday, March 27, with a 5 p.m. screening of National Geographic’s "Jane."
Set to a orchestral score by composer Philip Glass, the film offers a portrait of Jane Goodall, a trailblazer who defied the odds to become one of the world’s most admired conservationists.
The movie is rated PG and runs for 90 minutes After the film, Dr. Kelly Stewart Harcourt from the Department of Anthropology at UC Davis, will answer questions and deliver remarks.
Drawing from over 100 hours of never-before-seen footage that has been tucked away in the National Geographic archives for more than 50 years, award-winning director Brett Morgen tells the story of Jane Goodall, a woman whose chimpanzee research challenged the male-dominated scientific consensus of her time and revolutionized our understanding of the natural world.
Kelly Stewart Harcourt graduated from Stanford University in 1973, with a BA in Anthropology, after which she went to Rwanda to Dian Fossey's research camp, the Karisoke Research Center. Here, she met many wild mountain gorillas as well as her future husband, Sandy Harcourt. Over the next sixteen years, they conducted various projects on the behavior, ecology and conservation of gorillas in Rwanda, Uganda, Congo and Nigeria, splitting their time between Africa and Cambridge, England, where Kelly earned her PhD in zoology in 1981.
From 1980-1983, they co-directed the Karisoke Research Center in Rwanda while Fossey was in the States. Since 1989 Kelly has been a research associate in the Anthropology department at the UC Davis, where her husband is a professor emeritus.
Twenty-eight independent theaters in 25 states will participate in this event, each hosting a program pairing a scientific lecture with a screening of a feature or documentary film.
The purpose of the evening is to celebrate using one of the nation’s favorite pastimes, going to the movies, to promote public understanding of science.
The National Evening of Science on Screen is the annual showcase event of the nationwide Science on Screen grant initiative, which is funded by the Sloan Foundation and administered by the Coolidge. Grantee theaters run three or more Science on Screen events per year, creatively pairing screenings of classic, cult, science fiction, and documentary films with presentations by experts from the world of science and technology. One of the three screenings at each theater features a film that has been developed by or received a prize from the nationwide Sloan Film Program. Each film serves as a jumping-off point for the speaker to introduce current research or technological advances in a way that engages general audiences.
Over the past eight years, the Sloan Foundation and the Coolidge have awarded a total of 164 Science on Screen grants to 72 independent theaters nationwide. The Cameo Cinema was among 36 cinemas to receive a Science on Screen grant in 2017−18; this is the Cameo’s second SOS grant.
"We're delighted to join once again with our wonderful friends at the Coolidge in celebrating a National Science on Screen evening in 28 cities across America,” said Cathy Buck, owner and creative director of the Cameo. "While recent Sloan-awarded films such as Hidden Figures bring us amazing tales of true scientific achievement, Science on Screen shows that the biggest hits--from this year’s Oscar-winning The Shape of Water to next year’s Oscar-winning Black Panther--can be the gateway to an exhilarating discussion of the role of science and technology in society.”
For a complete list of Science on Screen events taking place on March 27, visit scienceonscreen.org/national-evening/2018.
The Cameo Cinema is at 1340 Main St., St. Helena.